The ONLY reason to glory!

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23 Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

Jeremiah 9:23-24.

At this time of the year this ought to be remembered!

 

Belgian woman euthanized after heartbreak

I have no hesitation in saying this is murder,hellish, devil-inspired destruction of life.

 

 

 

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Two women have spoken out about the euthanasia of their sister, Tine Nys, in Belgium. Tine, then 37, announced her intention to pursue euthanasia following a split from her boyfriend. She was killed by lethal injection in 2010. Lotte and Sophie have expressed their dismay that the doctors felt Tine’s break-up justified her wanting to end her life. The doctors made little effort to persuade her to live, the sisters felt, and failed to communicate with each other about Tine.

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Work in the new year.

 

Work in the New Year

by youngcalvinists

God calls all of us to be involved in some form of work. Some of us work on a farm, while others of us work in offices, still others in restaurants and factories. Others have jobs in fields like engineering, chemistry or another mathematical  or scientific field. In addition, we each have talents and abilities given to us by God. God requires us to use these gifts in the service of the church. Whatever our calling, God requires that we do our best. We’ve all had jobs that we haven’t cared about much for one reason or another. But even in jobs such as these, we ought to work hard for the glory and honor of God. As the apostle says “whether therefore we eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (I Corinthians 10:31).

Struggling with a negative attitude toward the work we are called to do, whether in the workplace or at church, is nothing new. It is something everyone struggles with at some point. Moses, the author of Psalm 90, was called to one of the hardest tasks that any of God’s people have had to face: leading the children of Israel through the deserts of Egypt and the Middle East to the land of Canaan. He was a man who got discouraged sometimes in his duties, as we sometimes do in our own work as well. Part of this was the realization that he was a sinner leading a large group of fellow sinners who sometimes faced the anger of God as a result of their disobedient actions. “For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled. Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. For all our days are passed away in wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told”(Psalm 90:7-9). God called Moses to lead His children to the Promised Land, but often it seemed that Moses and the Israelites faced nothing but plagues, hunger and enemies. How could they carry on in the face of all of this? They prayed to God for His grace and wisdom, so that they could persevere in the face of overwhelming odds. “So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom… that we may rejoice and be glad all our days”(Psalm 90:12,14b). We too battle sin as we go about our callings in this new year and as a result we also get discouraged. Like the Israelites, we too need to ask of God for wisdom in our lives. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him”(James 1:5). In other words, when we pray to God in faith for the strength, wisdom and guidance that we seek, He will give it to us in great abundance. This doesn’t mean that our lives will be easy and that we will get everything we want, but it does mean that we too, by the grace of  God, can maintain our spiritual perspective on our work in this life, no matter how overwhelming circumstances may be in our lives. Then we can pray with Moses “…establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea the work of our hands establish thou it” (Psalm 90:17b). May God give us the grace we need to work to His glory in the year ahead!

Kevin Rau

Pride goeth before destruction (Proverbs 16:18)

 

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God hates pride because it exalts the puny human being at the expense of his glory!

There are a number of instances when great and mighty men, kings in fact, reveal their pride or have it pandered to by others, and as a result, make grave mistakes and are judged:

Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4 who from self congratulation over his domain is reduced to eating grass as a mad outcast.

Darius who signed a law that demanded he alone be the one petitioned by anyone for  thirty days and who threw Daniel into the lions den and regretted it (Daniel 6).

Herod Antipas who promised Herodias anything she wanted and ended up beheading John the Baptist (Mark 14).

Herod Agrippa, who when he gave his oration and was lauded as divine was immediately smitten by worms and died (Acts 12:22-23).

Surely God opposes the proud (” Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase” (Daniel 4:37) and  I Peter 5:6.

The Lord Jehovah is a jealous God.

Twelve time in Scripture God is called jealous and he proclaims this about himself. God shows his jealousy when his glory is being usurped by another so-called god or human being. God is never envious but he is jealous for his name and his people to whom he is espoused.

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The main difference between envy and jealousy is that envy is the emotion of coveting what someone else has, while jealousy is the emotion related to fear that something you have will be taken away by someone else.

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Envy Jealousy
Definition Envy means “to bear a grudge toward someone due to coveting what that person has or enjoys.” In a milder sense, it means “the longing for something someone else has without any ill will intended toward that person.” Jealous means “apprehensive or vengeful out of fear of being replaced by someone else.” It can also mean “watchful, ” “anxiously suspicious, ” “zealous, ” or “expecting complete devotion.” The last is normally applied to God.
Example I envy her possessions or situation. I am jealous that you like her over me.
Easy way to remember Envy is the emotion when you want a possession someone else has. Jealousy is the emotion when you fear you may be replaced in the affection of someone you love or desire.

Has vegetarianism and veganism got a point?

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Originally at creation God gave mankind herbs e.g. grains and fruit to eat and though he was given dominion over all the brute creation he was not given sanction to kill and eat animals. After the fall when all creation fell and predation began animals began to kill and consume each other, but still man was eating vegetables. It must be remembered that man is separate from animals by being made in God’s image (having an eternal soul, being initially righteous and holy).

After the flood, God gave his clear approval to meat eating in Genesis 9:3.

A key chapter in the history of Israel was the Passover when a one year old lamb was sacrificed and its shed blood on the doorposts and lintel saved the family inside from losing their first born as the angel of death passed through the land. This necessary sacrifice was a type of Christ, the only sufficient sacrifice for sin. John the Baptist proclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God” when speaking of Christ.

When the people of Israel redeemed from Egypt became God’s chosen he gave them strict food laws to distinguish them from the pagan nations and preclude them sitting down together—they are found in Leviticus 11. Animals like pigs, shellfish and birds of prey are not to be eaten and we would say for good reason because they are more likely to carry disease.

Psalm104:21 states that the predatory animals depend on God to supply their food.

Animal cruelty, and we are not denying that this takes place in the food chain, is a sin as Proverbs 12:10 states.

Christ himself through the apostles served up fish and bread in the feeding of the five thousand in John 6:11. He gave thanks for them.

Christ himself ate the Passover meal in Matthew 26:17ff showing he was not only in favour of meat eating but that it was part and parcel of a feast to honour God. When he died all the Old Testament types were abolished, so there was no need to continue animal sacrifices, which in any case cannot take away sin (Hebrews 10:4,8-12).

Paul has things to say about diets in Romans 14:2-3 and 17. He sees vegetarianism being the habit of the weaker Christian whereas eating anything is the habit of the stronger believer, whose conscience is less strict. Later in his epistle to Timothy he proclaims all foods good and to be received with thanks (I Tim.4:3-4).

We cannot know all that goes on in the farms and slaughterhouses of the world, all those who cruelly treat animals will be judged BUT we believers are free to eat the meat itself, even as those in Corinth were able, conscience-permitting, to eat meat offered to idols! Christian liberty means we can eat anything. Starving believers in labour camps or in extremis, will eat anything. Much of the distinguishing between pets, work animals and sources of meat is cultural. Our calling is to be thankful  to God for all food, to not judge others with different diets, and concentrate on loving speech, seeking righteousness, peace and joy in our relationship with God through Christ. God looks at our motives. If our special diet is for our own glory or self-righteousness it is wicked and vain–all must be done in faith, in obedience to the will of God as revealed in Scripture and for the glory of God.

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Last day here. Started with an hour’s run with Elvis, a light, fleet of foot middle aged man who lives nearby in Mayaro. He has run a half marathon in 78 minutes which is excellent running (85% age-graded). It was encouraging for me because had I not been a runner (of sorts) and not been over here I would not have been running with him and explain to him what was wrong with the large porcelain statue that we passed, that purported to be of Christ, why I was delighted a Jehovah’s Witness hall he told me about was destroyed in a landslide and recite to him the Apostles Creed!

Back home for lovely breakfast of fry-bakes and cheese and coffee.

Devotions:

Job 27 (like Psalm 73) shows that the prosperity of the wicked means nothing and indeed adds to his condemnation.

Job 28 shows us that wisdom is the most precious thing and is moral (not just intellectual), consisting the fear of the Lord and to depart from evil, in other words, salvation through repentance and faith, a sovereign gift from God. Christ is wisdom personified (Proverbs 8).

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+28&version=AKJV

Amazing providence on way to airport. Clyde (my brother in law) had dropped Chris and Joseph and headed home while we were a bit later than them having got stuck in traffic. Marie said, “Clyde will be on way home better look out for him.” Almost the next car on the opposite carriageway was Clyde and we exchanged waves!

Guy next to me in airport lounge had on a plaster cast. I asked him what he’d done. He’d broken his ulna hitting a metal edge (simple crack). Was able to assure him it should heal no problem.

Many family saw us off British Airways flight scheduled 1735 (excellent service)arriving 8am tomorrow (Tuesday and was on time) and connection to Belfast 6pm same evening. Barely slept at all. Long wait and Easyjet was late.

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Eventually glad to be met by Beth and Bradley Buchanan at the International Airport about 8.30…HOME!

Ballymena-Devotions Psalm 139:7-9 and Jeremiah 23:24…no matter where you go-God is there . He is omnipresent. He is even in hell in his wrath. Who attempted to hide from him/ Adam, Saul and the wicked will (Isaiah 2:10-12) but there is no evading him!

 

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On our last full day over here, the Lord’s Day (a day always a bit fraught for me because everyone has different ideas of what is and what is not acceptable in keeping this day holy). Eventually we settled down to hear the CPRC morning sermon, then had lunch. Visit planned for p.m.

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Afternoon over to “Chunks”, Reena and Ryan and families up Cedar Grove, not too far. As well as driving heavy plant and construction work he has a large fish pond filled with Tilapia fish (from hatchlings to arm size) and loads of Banana and Plantain trees.

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Tilapia fish. Brothers Philip and Krishna came later for a “lime” at Monica’s (a lime is a chat).

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Up early as Elvis, a local long-distance runner, called just after 6am to go for a jog. Then quick dip in the sea. Lunch is a big family affair at brother-in-law Ramesh and Christine’s house.

Correction on a bird (see pic) and a further one that is seen swooping over the local swimming pool and has a lovely light blue tinge.

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Large family gathering for lovely food and drink In Eccles village. See pics below of menu and nosh which included BBQ chicken, Lasagne squares, rice etc.

 

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Slide1The smiling faces hide many spiritual battles going on which I’ll share with some of you in person. Marie and I walked on beach later to see full moon which apparently was a “blue moon” last night! One more Lord’s Day and then on Monday we start return journey with nephew Chris, thankful for everything!

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Friday 31st July

Slow start to get to Harry’s Water Park around noon. a place past Rio Claro near Tabaquite, situated centrally on the island, full of water activities like pools, flumes, lazy river, pedalo, kayaks, zip line and zoo (see pics).

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Kayaking

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Lazy river.

Lazy river.

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Marie and Chris at top of zip line.

Marie and Chris at top of zip line.

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Agouti

Short near vertical flumes.

Short near vertical flumes.

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While waiting for the others and contemplating how water rises up trees to the topmost leaves I thought of all the quotes we read on Facebook from preachers and laymen, past and present who say pious and challenging things, exhorting us to love and good works but we may not know how many of them live godly lives, hence the need for us to know godly examples amongst our close friends. Hebrews 13:7,  ” Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow , considering the end of their conversation.”

We closed the day round the table considering David and Goliath

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